10:56, October 26 307 0 theguardian.com

2017-10-26 10:56:03
Crowdfunded high court challenge against Tory-DUP £1bn deal fails

A crowdfunded bid at the high court in London to challenge the government’s controversial parliamentary deal with the Democratic Unionist party has failed.

Two judges rejected an application made on Thursday by Ciaran McClean, an unsuccessful Westminster candidate for the Green party in Northern Ireland in the general election, to bring a judicial review of the legality of the £1bn deal.

The claim alleged the deal breached both the landmark 1998 Good Friday agreement and the Bribery Act.

McClean, who raised tens of thousands of pounds for the legal action via crowdfunding, accused the government of “buying DUP votes” to hold on to power.

He was in court to hear Lord Justice Sales, sitting with Mr Justice Lewis, rule against him.

Sales said neither of the two grounds relied on by McClean in his application was “properly arguable in a court of law”. He added: “Permission to apply for judicial review should be refused.”

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